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Police dog saves pensioner's life

Police

A police dog has been hailed as a hero after finding a County Fermanagh pensioner who had been missing for several hours.

Tach, a German Shepherd, tracked down the 80-year-old man who had fallen in fields near his Newtownbutler home.

The man, who has Alzheimer's disease, was suffering from mild hypothermia when he was found at about midnight last Friday.

Chief Inspector Graham Dodds said the dog had saved the pensioner's life.

The police helicopter and officers had been looking without success for this man," he said.

"He was located in a ditch covered by brambles so couldn't be seen.

"If Tash hadn't found this poor gentleman, I believe he would be dead."



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